Will Lowering the Speed Limit in School Zones Help Keep Kids Safe?

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of familyLast month, a New Jersey Assembly committee advanced a bill that could lower the speed limit in school zones statewide. New Jersey 101.5 reported on the possible law change, including whether it would help make the roads around schools safer for kids.

How Is This Bill Different from Current Laws That Lower the Speed Limit in School Zones?

Under the proposed law change, counties and municipalities could implement permanent lower speed limits in school zones. This would differ from the current law, which only enables speed limits in school zones to be lower at certain times of the day when school is in session. In addition to municipalities and counties, the proposed law would allow the state to permanently lower speed limits in school zones if a local official requests the change.

A previous version of the bill also proposed tripling fines for speeding in school zones. However, under this version of the bill, speeding fines can only be doubled in school zones. In addition, to double a speeding fine in a school zone, the driver must have been traveling 45 mph or faster in the school zone while children were present.

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